Coffee beans are seeds that grow inside of a coffee cherry. We usually only use beans from the cherry but actually a lot of the taste of the coffee comes from the fruit. During recent year or so, the coffee world has realized that we are able to use the fruit as well. I think we’re on a verge of a real game changer.
Pairing wine and food has been done for centuries. Fine dining restaurants have specific persons, usually called sommeliers, doing that job so why wouldn’t cafés do the same thing?
How to brew good coffee? This is the most common question that I get asked when I tell people what I do for living. So I decided to make a blog series where I go through different aspects of brewing good coffee. Let’s start with the fundamentals. These three things are always important when brewing good coffee, whether we are talking about filter coffee, espresso or traditional pot coffee.
Coffee is a very complex and multidimensional thing and just like in human relationships, you must really get to know it before you can understand it. There are a lot of things that affect the taste of your coffee, and I wanted to tell you shortly about some of those things. So sit back, relax and start deepening your relationship with coffee.
Coffee beans from African countries are my favourite. What triggered me when I first tried African coffee beans, was that the coffee did not taste like coffee at all. Africa, more specifically East Africa, produces some of the world’s most distinctive coffees characterised by vivid floral, fruit, and wine tones with rich acidity. All in all, African coffee beans are packed with taste! I encourage everyone to start exploring and enjoying African coffees because of their wide taste profile.
Have you ever wondered what happens in a coffee farm before the beans are roasted by a coffee roastery? Coffee farms come in different sizes and all have different methods of farming and processing but here is one example from Kenya where I visited early 2019.
Processing coffee so separating the coffee cherry’s fruit flesh and skin from the coffee beans is one of the most crucial aspects of farming coffee. How to coffee is processed can have a dramatic effect on the resulting cup and nowadays roasters and baristas are concentrating on coffee processing to describe the coffee. Also, lately it has become more and more popular that the farmers have started to experiment with new coffee processing methods such as anaerobic fermentation. Let’s go through the most common coffee processing methods.
The third annual Helsinki Coffee Festival will be held from April 21 to 23 at Kaapelitehdas. It’s a three day event bursting with coffee lovers and everything around coffee. If you work with coffee or are even slightly interested in it, Helsinki Coffee Festival is for you. These big events can sometimes feel somewhat frightening to beginners in the coffee world, so here are 5 tips of what to do and expect when you enter the festival.
Tallinn Coffee Festival – shortly TLNCF – was held first time this year on April. Festival showed the booming Estonian coffee culture.
Six years ago London Coffee Festival was born, and today it's THE event to explore coffee culture, breathe barista lifestyle and find new trends. At the festival, you get to meet enthusiast roasters, product manufactures, baristas, and other industry professionals. It is so inspiring to see and feel their love and knowledge of this amazing beverage called coffee.
What is there in the cup, when you wander around Oslo checking out the trendy coffee shops, enjoying a cupping with legendary Tim Wendelboe and visit Kaffikaze, the Norwegian version of Coffee Festival?
Moscow Coffee and Tea Expo is one of the most important events for coffee professionals and enthusiasts in Russia. This four-day event took place in October and gathered together people from coffee roasteries to beginner baristas.
Vilnius Coffee Festival was a long weekend packed with way too many cups of coffee, loads of cuppings, many good conversations about good coffee, new innovative machines and of course the excitement of Lithuanian Barista, Cup Tasting and Latte Art Championships! It was my first time in Vilnius Coffee Festival and my expectations were high but even still I was pleasantly surprised!
London Coffee Festival 2018 gathered over 30 000 coffee geeks together to see, feel and taste what is going on in UK's coffee scene. The annual event has become a must-go event for the coffee professionals in Europe. London Coffee Festival is the place to spot the latest coffee trends and sense the vibes in the specialty coffee industry.
Helsinki Coffee Festival 2018 was a get-together of Finnish roasteries and a celebration of specialty coffee. Focus was on highlighting roasteries’ coffee products and in coffee competitions.
One of the biggest and coolest coffee events in Lithuania is Vilnius Coffee Festival. What can you expect from this year's event? Make sure not to miss these!
The biggest coffee event in Finland, Helsinki Coffee Festival was organised fifth time. The event promises to be the biggest pop-up café and largest coffee store in Finland - and that's what it surely is.
As usual, Vilnius Coffee Festival 2020 was held in March and was hosted by LOFTAS. Vilnius Coffee Festival 2020, the three-day event offered everything that was right for a decent coffee festival - lots of different coffees, a variety of barista competitions, coffee lectures and workshops. In the following article I will highlight the best moments in Vilnius Coffee Festival 2020.
The latest trend to sweep across the café world is freakshakes – the insanely indulgent mega-milkshakes that apparently originate from Australia. See the video in the end of this post!
Keep calm and go bananas! This cold brew freakshake with banana and coconut milk is to be enjoyed with good humor and friends.